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City of Toledo, Ohio, just decided that Lake Erie has the same rights as a person

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Ohioans can now sue if they think that the lake's rights are being violated

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Toledo, Ohio, has approved a measure that would give Lake Erie some of the same legal rights as a person.

Wait ... what happened?

On Feb. 26, the citizens of Toledo voted by 61 percent to approve a "Lake Erie Bill of Rights." The new law would allow citizens to sue on behalf of this Great Lake if they believe that the lake's rights are being violated.

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